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I struggle with seeing that I’m worth anything. Or that I’m enough of a person to make a difference.
I lack in self-confidence and I overcompensate for that by pretending I’m entirely confident. It’s an ironic, twisted way of thinking, and it comes second nature to a lot of people who struggle with loving themselves.
I don’t like my personality, or my body, or my talents, but God gave them all to me for some reason. I may not know why right now, but He knows.
But how do you be enough?
And only through God.
‘It is not that we are competent in ourselves to count anything as having come from us; on the contrary, our competence is from God.’~ 2 Corinthians 3:5
We are not enough.
Not by ourselves, not when we rely only on ourselves as sinning humans.
Only, you are enough.
You are enough when you submit to God. When you trust His will.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
Often, I feel like I don’t have any purpose. Especially as I see others doing amazing things and growing spiritually and I’m just over here like…
I’m sure you’ve felt like that, too, right?
Only, you are enough.
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not drown you. When you walk through the fire, you shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, nations for you. Since you were precious in My sight because you have been honored, and I love you; therefore will I give men for you and people for your life. ~ Isaiah 43:1b-4
That’s how much He loves you. He redeemed you, He calls you by name. YOU ARE HIS. He protects you, He desires you. YOU ARE PRECIOUS TO HIM! He loves and cherishes you. And I think that tells you that you are enough!
And when you feel hopeless, because you’re not doing anything with your life, when you feel like there is no point in you even being alive, you’re pondering why you’re here, why you’re bothering to do things every day, here’s encouragement:
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. ~ Psalms 138:8
“I will never leave you, never will I forsake you.” ~ Hebrews 13:5c
When you’re sick of how you look and feel, you hate looking in a mirror.
For you have made me glad, Lord, by the works of your hands I sing for joy. ~ Psalms 92:4 (I actually wrote this out on a fun design on several sticky notes and put them on my mirror so that way when I look at myself and feel like having a pity-party, I am reminded of His greatness.)
I will praise you because I have been remarkably and wondrously made. Your works are wondrous, and I know this very well. ~ Psalms 139:14
When you get tired of struggling, when you want to give up:
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” ~ Matthew 11:28
He has a purpose for you because He will love you for eternity.
Give thanks to the God of gods. His faithful love endures forever. ~ Psalms 136:2
Or if you have made a mistake, and feel like you can never be forgiven, never be enough again, take comfort. You are enough. Not to say you can’t try harder to be even more godly, but you do not have to depress yourself because you’re not perfect. You will never be even close to perfect in this life. But you are loved. He forgives.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~ 1 John 1:9
Her sins, which are many, are forgiven her. ~ Luke 7:47
Remember that you serve the God who conquered death. You serve the God who spent time to create you. You serve the God who forgives, over and over. You serve a holy, קודש, King. He made you, but you still say ‘I’m not good enough.’
Only, you ARE enough.